It's quite a statement regarding the popularity of roses when a powerhouse like Monticello in the best part of Napa, Rutherford, makes one from the same soil as their $100+ cabernets. Rutherford has one of the oldest wine histories in California, going back to the mid 1800s when it was still part of Mexico. Wild grapes flourished, but the first vinifera vines were planted here in 1888 by Gustave Niebaum, who later founded Inglenook.
Winemaker, Dwight Bonewell, used grape sourced from some of the most iconic vineyards in Napa Valley. Grapes from places like Diamond Mountain, Mt. Veeder, Oakville and Carneros make up our Grand Napa Rose, making it truly grand. Bonewell credits the great Andre Tchelistcheff for his ground-breaking methods of making wine. Tchelistcheff created the first BV Private Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon in 1936, saying that Rutherford was one of the greatest areas for growing grapes he had ever seen.
It's hard to imagine what all this history and presence can do when making a rose. One thinks of the big and beautiful cabernets and merlots, but roses? As much as the soil can make a difference in a big red, it can also do the same in a lighter wine like rose.
Our selection shows all the pedigree it should. The long growing season left its imprint on the wine, with luscious, penetrating flavors of peach, grapefruit, guava, and hints of citrus and cherry. A perfect foil for spaghetti with clams or wild mushroom risotto.